Infectious diseases, caused by bacteria, can be treated by antibiotics. Overuse and misuse of antibiotics have led to antibiotic pollution in our food chain and environment. As a result, antibiotic resistance levels have gone up, and the effectiveness of these important drugs are at risk. Help each other to keep antibiotics where they belong: close to patients and other people who need them. How? By monitoring antibiotics levels in your food, water, and environment. Together with SquaredAnt.
SquaredAnt develops a platform to detect antibiotics in food and water. Our aim is to enable food producers and the public to monitor their antibiotic intake and/or footprint. SquaredAnt believes that the unnecessary use of antibiotics in our food chain can be stopped by increasing awareness of antibiotic pollution, especially among consumers.
Snapshot: Antibiotics Residue in the Environment
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Antibiotic pollution is most severe there were humans depend on natural resources, such as drinking water, most. Residue amounts can be found in nearly all main rivers and coastal waters worldwide. This is our starting point. Our simple and standardized measuring technique and data platform enables pollution monitoring and source tracking, thereby providing clients insights to avoid or reduce the unnecessary exposure to antibiotics.
Data has been obtained from academic publications (from 2002 onwards); either the published concentration mean, median, or the center of a range is given. Residue levels may be season-dependent in some cases: this information is absent in this graph. Please note that locations are not exact. This figure has been compiled and will be updated regularly with the greatest possible care, but no rights may be derived from its contents. This graph was made with Plotly for R.
What’s with the Ant?
For millions of years, Leafcutter Ants have successfully produced and applied antibiotics in growing their crops. They deserve recognition for their long-term sustainable use of antibiotics and are an inspiration to our company.